Old Trafford veteran courted by Chicago Fire.
Chicago Fire want to make Rio Ferdinand the new David Beckham of Major League Soccer.
The American team are desperate for a high-profile English player to enable them to compete with Beckham’s LA Galaxy, and have identified Ferdinand as their main target.
High-profile: Rio Ferdinand would attract a wage similar to the £120,000-a-week he earns at Old Trafford
Ferdinand will be 33 next month and is out of contract at Manchester United at the end of next season.
Chicago want the England defender to join them next summer and believe they can persuade him to turn his back on the Barclays Premier League to finish his career in the States.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Rio Ferdinand’s Man United career may be limping to a somewhat anti-climatic end. Whilst the England international has served the Old Trafford club with distinction for the best part of a decade, his recent injury problems and relatively poor form combined with the emergence of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling may well spell the end of the 32 year old’s career at the Premier League champions.
Interest from the MLS may well tempt the centre back who may feel that such a challenge comes at the right time, not least as he is yet to put pen to paper on a new Man United deal. Clearly if out of contract the former West Ham and Leeds United man will be able to command an even higher salary from the Chicago Fire and the American league will need a new big name player once David Beckham, as expected, leaves the LA Galaxy.
Ferdinand has been plagued by injuries for the past two and a bit seasons and now may be the time to consider alternatives and a move to any other Premier League club seems hugely unlikely and a move to the States may well be the ideal destination for the 32 year old.